India Cancels COVID Test Kit Order From China Over Quality Issue

May 7, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020
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According to news reports, India ordered five million units of the rapid test kits made by Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics in April. It was alleged that these test kits were able to produce rapid test results through blood samples, and could test for infection history and identify asymptomatic carriers.

A Rajasthan official, however, responded that multiple tests conducted on confirmed CCP virus carriers produced false negative results. The testing revealed that the batch of test kits had a mere 5 percent accuracy rate.

Since late March, medical supplies sold to Europe, Asia, and various regions in the Middle East have frequently been returned due to similar quality issues.

The Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio, said that more and more countries are becoming aware that, at the time when countries are in urgent need of medical supplies, the CCP takes advantage of the opportunity to promote its image to increase its global influence.

Varricchio said, “We, in Italy, don’t want to fall into this sort of trap.

“We are fully aware that we should not try to buy into a narrative that might fall under the umbrella of, you know, public diplomacy. We are not naive, and we understand very well.“